Battery 22

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Battery 22 (1942-1944) - Battery 22 was a reinforced concrete, World War II 155 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Miles, Sussex County, Delaware. Battery construction started 15 Dec 1941, was completed 15 Jun 1942 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 14 Apr 1944 at a cost of $ 21,480.00. Deactivated in 1944.

Fort Miles Battery 22 Gun Emplacement #4
Fort Miles Battery 22 Gun Emplacement #1 Under the Boardwalk
Fort Miles Battery 22 Gun Emplacement #2

World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of the Delaware.

Originally built as a World War II concrete coastal gun battery with four 155mm M1918MI guns mounted on M1917 mobile carriages emplaced on concrete Panama Mounts. Four igloo magazines constructed of corrugated sheet metal were placed behind the gun positions. The guns were emplaced in 1942 and removed in February 1944. One of the first temporary batteries on Fort Miles.

Battery 22 Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 155mm Rifle 372" M1918MI 975 Ordnance Mobile, M1917, #1363, Ordnance 1942-1944
2 155mm Rifle 372" M1918MI 885 Ordnance Mobile, M1917, #1324, Ordnance 1942-1944
3 155mm Rifle 372" M1918MI 857 Ordnance Mobile, M1917, #1243, Ordnance 1942-1944
4 155mm Rifle 372" M1918MI 184 Ordnance Mobile, M1917, #1275, Ordnance 1942-1944
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 May 1944, Coast Defense Study Group, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 190-191, 208
Battery 22 Plan


Current Status

Panama mounts remain between a parking lot and the beach. Panama mount #1 is underneath the beach house boardwalk. No period guns or carriages in place.


Location: Fort Miles, Sussex County, Delaware

Maps & Images

Lat: 38.78619 Long: -75.088087

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of The Delaware, (HDDEL-AN-45), 1 Jul 1945, CDSG

Links:

Visited: 3 Aug 2010



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